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Intel Video Featuring the HR-OS1

Check out this Intel video featuring the HR-OS1 Humanoid Endoskeleton and our Own Andrew Alter. Andrew talks about the different things that the HR-OS1 can do and how its designed to interact with the world.

PhantomX Hexapod Climbing Stairs?

When we take one of our PhantomX Hexapods out for a walk, we almost always get the question ‘Can it go up stairs?’. Our normal response is ‘Nope!’. But it looks like Youtube user AndrewHumphries is working on that problem! Check out this video of the Hexapod climbing stairs. The hexapod doesn’t move very quickly [...]

P I K E

2 days agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

A small northern pike leaps on shore to avoid being snatched by a bigger pike.

Heather’s Xericstyle garden in San Antonio

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Last week I roadtripped south with a few friends to see the gardens of our San Antonio blogger friends, Heather Ginsburg of Xericstyle and Shirley Fox of Rock-Oak-Deer, plus Shirley’s neighbor and gardening friend Melody. I posted about Shirley’s garden here. Show More Summary

Oct. 2014 SOTM Entry: WY Brown

4 days agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Jordan Thompson hoists all kinds of slack-jawed goodness for this Oct. 2014 submission.

Travel to a Wormhole’s Edge and a Far Future Where Humans Are Just the Same

No invention was born outside the mind of man. So, every once in awhile, it’s worth mining a few sci-fi visions for the dark, twisted, unexpected, hopeful, or inspiring. Astrophysicist Kip Thorne—whose book on black holes sits on my shelf—recently teamed up with director Christopher Nolan of Dark Knight fame […]

When the Internet Sleeps

The internet is a little bit like an organism—a really huge organism, made up of over four billion IP addresses networked across the globe. How does the internet behave day to day? What are its natural cycles? USC Viterbi School of Engineering project leader and computer science assistant professor, John […]

With Mindware Upgrades and Cognitive Prosthetics, Humans Are Already Technological Animals

In recent years, the surprising idea that we’ll one day merge with our technology has warily made its way into the mainstream. Often it’s couched in a combination of snark and fear. Why in the world would we want to do that? It’s so inhuman. That the idea is distasteful […]

WidowX Robot Arm Integrated Into Senior Design

Check out this University of Pennsylvania Bioengineering Student’s Senior Design Project using the WidowX Robot Arm. The setup is a mock up as an Robotic Arm Device for Cerebral Palsy Users. The user presses a colored pad and the robot moves a small cube to the corresponding color pad. This is a great demonstration of [...]

Nonirrigated native plant garden of Lee Clippard is a foliage lover’s dream

6 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Earlier this month I visited the East Austin garden of Lee Clippard, blogger at The Grackle, and his partner, John. The first fall rains had just arrived, following a relatively mild summer, so their foliage-centric garden of native plants was looking lush and green. Show More Summary

The Disappearing Scarecrow

6 days agoHobbies / Birding : Looking Up

There once was a Happy Scarecrow AND a very determined red squirrel. Seems he had winter on his mind. "Cozy" was a concern. First he went after the cravat. The scarecrow just looked on... He was determined... but the cravat held.. So he dropped to the belt buckle.. Show More Summary

6th London Chess Classic

6TH LONDON CHESS CLASSIC (6-14 DECEMBER 2014)PRO-BIZ CUP - 9 December 2014, Olympia Conference CentreA unique chance to play chess alongside world champions! The 2014 London Chess Classic features a doubles chess rapidplay knock-outShow More Summary

Artificial Spleen ‘Cleans’ Blood of Pathogens

In one of the gutsiest performances in sports history, NFL quarterback Chris Simms had to be carted off the field after taking several vicious hits from the defense during a game in 2006. Remarkably, Simms returned to the game shortly thereafter and led his team on a scoring drive before […]

What a carve-up!

Well, tomorrow some time Ray Keene's friend will be elected President of the English Chess Federation, not that "elected" is the right term for a one-candidate affair deliberately organised in such a way as to avoid a contest. ThereShow More Summary

Wild Fish Works: Oregon Coast (Official Trailer)

2 weeks agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Wild Fish Works: Oregon Coast (Official Trailer) from Russ Schnitzer on Vimeo. Wild salmon and steelhead are important to more than just anglers. They represent significant social, cultural and economic ties up and down the Oregon coast. Show More Summary

Navy’s Boat Drones Pack Hunt Like Wolves on Water

The US military is building a droid (er, drone) army. You’ve likely heard of flying drones—but the robot arms race won’t end there. The Navy recently demonstrated a pack of autonomous boats performing defensive and offensive swarm tactics. Why robots? The military hopes to augment its human forces with superhuman […]

Unlocking Big Data: Lessons Learned From The God Particle

It’s a puzzle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a symphony. It’s the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle, the greatest physics find of the 21st century, turned into music. Chamber music, to be exact. Admittedly—and especially for fans of Pythagoras—this conversion is a little mind-blowing. But once you get […]

Monarchs and Milkweeds (video)

Check out the latest from the fine folks at Yosemite Nature Notes, Monarchs and Milkweeds, a really cool look into the complex ecosystem that is home to one of Yosemite's prettiest visitors. Related posts: Yosemite Nature Notes: #23 Birdsong (video) Yosemite Nature Notes 21: Snow Plants Yosemite Grant: Inspiring Generations (video)

Cute Robot Searches Post-Apocalyptic Paris for Friends in Short Film “L3.0?

Dystopian visions of the future often explore post-apocalyptic scenarios where life on the surface is rare or extinct. If robots are commonplace when life were to disappear, what would their existence be like? Would they continue to carry out their functions among the decaying cities? In the new short film L3.0 made by a team of students from Isart Digital, […]

Drones Portray Flying Lampshades in Cirque du Soleil’s Short Film “Sparked”

The Flying Machine Arena is a drone wonderland. Researchers have used the sensored space to make quadcopters build structures with ropes and bricks, perform balancing acts, synchronize with music—they’ve even run tests allowing humans to juggle with flying machines. But the latest production goes a little further. Recorded using the arena, the new […]

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